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PostSubject: FDA Issues Alert for Vetsulin Insulin   Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:21 pm

The FDA has released an alert for both veterinarians and people who care for diabetic pets who use Vetsulin®️.

The Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health brand of insulin, Vetsulin®️, is a porcine insulin zinc suspension used to manage diabetes in dogs and cats. A problem has been found in the production of this insulin, and the levels of crystalline zinc insulin vary - sometimes too much, sometimes too little.


Inconsistent levels of insulin make regulation of diabetes difficult/impossible, and could cause blood sugar levels to be too high (hyperglycema) or too low (hypoglycemia) in patients using this brand of insulin.

Common signs seen with:

HYPERglycemia (high blood sugar) include:

Increased thirst
Increased urination
Increased appetite
Weight loss
HYPOglycemia (low blood sugar) include:

Weakness
Disoriented behavior
Tremors
Seizures, with possible progression to coma and death if untreated
From the alert: "The FDA encourages veterinarians to report any adverse events with the Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health product to the company through the Technical Services Department at 1-800-224-5318." Read full FDA alert

If your diabetic dog or cat is being treated with Vetsulin®️, please contact your veterinarian with questions about your pet's symptoms or to discuss alternative insulins to use for your pet.

http://vetmedicine.about.com/b/2009/11/09/vetsulin-insulin-alert.htm?nl=1

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PostSubject: Re: FDA Issues Alert for Vetsulin Insulin   Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:16 pm

yikes...good info to know. I'll pass this on to my friend who has a diabetic cat!
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PostSubject: Re: FDA Issues Alert for Vetsulin Insulin   Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:24 pm

schnauzkyLVR wrote:
yikes...good info to know. I'll pass this on to my friend who has a diabetic cat!

Sounds like a good plan.

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